Starting your first family vegetable garden

Ed Begley Jr., Actor & Environmentalist, shares advice for parents how to build a home vegetable garden with your kids and the benefits that it can have for your children
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Starting your first family vegetable garden

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One of the most important things to me when I first became a homeowner in 1979 was to have a vegetable garden, because I wanted my kids to see where food came from, that it came from the soil, and it came from compost - in my case, it came from healthy soil, water sunshine - and that you could have a role in that in tending the earth and growing food. I've been very, very happy with my backyard garden now since 1979. Otherwise, kids don't really understand where food comes from. They think it comes from the supermarket. It can come from there, but ultimately it comes from someone gardening, someone farming. My kids have always been very attracted to that, they're grown people now. I have a 34 year old son who gave me some wonderful grand kids, they all garden. I have a 35 year old daughter, she's out in the garden with me every day, and my 13 year old daughter, who's out in the garden with me often. So it's important, I think, for everybody of every age to know where we get our real wealth. It's from our soil, it's from healthy soil and water, clean water and sunshine. And also our seeds, we have to protect our heritage seeds. There's a lot of new seeds that have genetically modified organisms in them, GMOs or what-have-you and I'm really drawn to the heirloom seeds, the old seeds that have served us well as a civilization over thousands of years, to protect those old seeds, to save them and keep planting and showing our young people where food comes from.

Ed Begley Jr., Actor & Environmentalist, shares advice for parents how to build a home vegetable garden with your kids and the benefits that it can have for your children

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Ed Begley, Jr.

Actor & Environmentalist

Inspired by the works of his Academy Award-winning father, Ed Begley Jr. became an actor. He first came to audiences’ attention for his portrayal of Dr. Victor Ehrlich on the long-running hit television series St. Elsewhere, for which he received six Emmy nominations. Since then, Ed has moved easily among feature, television and theatre projects.

Ed co-starred in the Woody Allen movie Whatever Works with Larry David, as well as the Seth Rogan/Judd Apatow film Pineapple Express, and a number of Christopher Guest films, including A Mighty WindBest In Show and For Your Consideration.

Other feature film credits include Batman ForeverThe Accidental Tourist and The In-Laws.

On television, Ed just completed Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, an HBO movie with Christopher Plummer, Danny Glover and Frank Langella. He also starred in the HBO movie Recount with Kevin Spacey, Tom Wilkinson and Laura Dern, and appeared in recurring roles on Six Feet UnderArrested Development and Boston Legal.

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